Getting Psyched for Antarctica
MADISON, WISCONSIN– I received my plane ticket to go to New Zealand yesterday, so it looks like I am really going to Antarctica. December 4th is my departure date, and after I cross the international dateline I’ll arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand, on December 6th. From there, it’s on to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, on a US military cargo plane.
I am supposed to fly to McMurdo on December 9th, and when I get there I should meet up with the Exploratorium folks. Two years ago I was extremely lucky to be in McMurdo on a day when around 200 Adelie penguins showed up, and I am hopeful that I’ll get to see more penguins this time.
After stopping in McMurdo for a few days, then I’ll be on the way to the pole. The IceCube drillers are getting ready to drill their first 2.5 km deep hole of the season.
I am looking forward to it! Stay tuned for reports over the next couple of months.